Wednesday, December 7, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a WRITE Christmas

So the Christmas season is here and it's awesome. Love the decorating, the shopping, the lights, the music, the giving, the whole wonder of it all, centering around, of course, the birth of our Savior.

But there is one aspect of the season I don't particularly care for. And that is the lack of time I have to write. Basically, everything I love about Christmas takes away from my other love: writing. This lack of time is frustrating, and can get downright annoying. All I want for Christmas is the chance to plop my butt in the chair and type. And type. And type.

But, my type, type, type is replaced by the hype, hype, hype of the holidays. Especially this year, with my recent book release and being co-writer and volunteer for our church's Christmas production, How Christmas Saved the Grinch, and working a couple days a week in an outside job I started back in April.


But it's all good. I am extremely grateful to have a novel published and to be a part of my church's awesome drama ministry. I'm thankful for the extra income from my outside job. And I try to remind myself that the baking, shopping, wrapping, planning, decorating, and party-going will only last a few short weeks and then it will be back to a routine and productivity- and on track to meet the Spring deadline for my next novel. And when I start to get whiny, I try to remember the reason for it all and readjust my focus.

So that brings me to a question for you. How do you find time to write during the busy Christmas season? I'd love to hear your tips and tricks for adding words to your manuscript while still accomplishing everything you need to do.

In the meantime, I'll be working. And shopping. And wrapping. And decorating. And baking...


Jessica R. Patch said...

Ah,the hustle and bustle of the season. I work 3 days a week on church staff but I'm done by noon. I'm an early bird, so after I drop kids at school, I still have some time before work, so I do grocery shopping then, and I run errands after work, do a little shopping and try to use Tues/Thurs as writing days while the kids are at school. Nights are swamped with programs and parties. Baking, well that's my break in between writing. Also, I adore online shopping! :) Merry Christmas!

Loree Huebner said...

I write when I can and don't feel guilty about it.

Christmas comes once a year, and I don't want to miss any great family mini dramas, juicy debates, or joyful conversations.

Lynda Lee Schab said...

Love the way you think, Loree! And Jessica...I don't know how I'd have time to do it all if it wasn't for online shopping! :-)